Saturday, October 10, 2020

Dream Bars Cookie Recipe Review

Dream Bars Cookies

Garden City, KS vintage church cookbook
Once again from the pages of my 1979 Kansas church ladies cookbook comes a vintage cookie recipe. Something a bit different and unique using brown sugar, coconut and walnuts. A very tasty bar cookie that is 'grandson-tested and highly approved'. 

Dream Bars Recipe

Pictures of baking the crust to Dream Bars Cookies

Crust Ingredients:

½ c. butter
½ c. brown sugar
1 c. flour

Mix first 3 ingredients until  crumbly.  Press into an 8x8 inch pan.  Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.

Filling Ingredients:

2 eggs (beaten)
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 T. flour
1 c. moist coconut
1 c. chopped nutmeats
1 tsp. Vanilla


Filling:  Mix eggs, brown sugar, baking soda, flour and vanilla.  Stir nuts and coconut into mixture.  Spread over baked crust.  Bake 30 minutes or until set at 250 degrees.  When cool, cut into  bars.

Makes 24.


With so many basic packaged cookies on the market, and the standard chocolate chip cookies and brownies most people bake, I think it is rather nice to occasionally try a different cookie recipe from long-ago. Most kids today have never tasted cookies from the pasts of grandmothers and great-grandmothers, so it becomes a special taste treat for them. At least my teenage grandson thinks so and he can hardly wait to try out my latest baking effort.  So far he has given each of my 'vintage' cookie recipes Five Stars! 

So, for a cookie recipe that is 'old' and different, give these Dream Bars cookies a try!

Dream Bars Cookie

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*Dream Bars Cookie Recipe Review by (c) Wednesday Elf

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For more vintage cookie recipes from long ago (1920s through the 1960s), check out this Vintage Baker cookbook I found on Amazon. A tasty variety of more than 50 recipes of desserts from the past, including cookies. 

The Vintage Baker Cookbook book cover

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  1. Oh these sound wonderful, but decadent too. I will try to make these for my other half and then I will have to find a "safe" place to keep them, so that I don't find them. Thanks for a recipe that is sure to please!

    1. Sorry to tempt you Olivia. I know you are trying hard with your new lifestyle eating plan. :) Thanks for your visit to my cookie recipe.

  2. Some of the vintage cookie recipes really are the best! Truly treasures from our past that have been set aside for store-bought, not as good, yet convenient cookies. Thanks for sharing this recipe. We need to get back to baking our own goodies.

    1. Homemade cookies always seem to taste better than store-bought, somehow. Not as convenient, but worth the effort. Thanks for your visit, Sylvestermouse.

  3. Oh, wow!! I'm ready to make these right now. All I need is the coconut. We have several of these old Church cookbooks, and they are loaded with vintage recipes like this one. Thanks for a delicious recipe Pat.

    1. You're welcome, Sam. I had coconut on hand, so went looking for a cookie recipe with coconut. Turned out delicious! Hope you enjoy it.

  4. Elf, these look extremely similar to the wonderful Coconut Dream Bars I used to make during my baking heyday. I love both coconut and chewy bar cookies. Your post reminds me of how good these treats are. Now I’m going to have to find a recipe for a low carb, keto-friendly version! 😊

    1. Glad I brought back some fun memories for you Margaret. Hope you find a low-carb keto version so you can enjoy this tasty treat again.

  5. Yum! Always love recipes from the tried and true community cookbooks!

    1. Me too, Tracey. I have found quite a few recipes from the past which have now become a standard in my kitchen.

  6. Oh these look and sound so tasty! I love all the ingredients especially coconut. I will have to make these for a special treat!! Thank you ! :)

    1. I love any cookie recipe or dessert recipe with coconut, Jasmine. So yummy.


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